Season 2 of Diamond Dynasty in MLB The Show 23 is officially off and running, and this most recent content drop offers players a bevy of options with the new Incognito and Kaiju series being introduced in their own Other Program, and also within the Season 2 track, which also has its own Boss choice pack. 

Team Affinity has made a return to Diamond Dynasty after a short absence in ‘22. With all these options now available to beef up your Ranked Seasons squad, let’s take a dive into the new Incognito choice packs (yes, those nicknames are how the cards are listed on the marketplace too) that MLB The Show 23 Season 2’s Team Affinity program has to offer, with some recommendations about which to select. 

NL WEST

In no particular order, here is who we have for the NL West Team Affinity choice packs.

“Funky Muncy” (Max Muncy)- 1B/2B,3B,LF  – Los Angeles Dodgers

“Big Fella” (C.J. Cron)- 1B/LF,RF – Colorado Rockies

“Slick Nick” (Nick Ahmed)- SS/2B,3B  – Arizona Diamondbacks

“Mr. Padre” (Tony Gwynn) -RF/LF,CF  – San Diego Padres

“The Horse” (Matt Cain) -SP  – San Francisco Giants

“The Horse” (Matt Cain) -SP – San Francisco Giants

As the only starter of this division available, one would hope for a little more than the uninspired spread we got for Matt Cain, especially after he was absent from last year’s game. The pitch mix is fairly standard, and with only 90 velocity, it will be hard to change speeds on hitters. 

Should you take him?

Cain would have to be my last pick from this pack, but I’m still holding out hope for some sort of Tim Lincecum card to be released in the future to hold over Giants fans.

“Slick Nick” (Nick Ahmed)- SS/2B,3B  – Arizona Diamondbacks

The offering from the D-backs provides us with a Nick Ahmed card where nothing really jumps out at you as being outstanding. Max Contact vs L and good fielding is nice, but the poor throwing stats and mediocre speed for a primary shortstop leave much to be desired.

Should you take him?

I would take this card fourth given the choice. No power over 100 and a Contact vs R of 88 make that decision a bit easier. Perhaps I could see you taking him if you need a second baseman with decent speed.

“Mr. Padre” (Tony Gwynn) -RF/LF,CF  – San Diego Padres

Everyone’s favorite Padre comes in with a max contact card (125 Contact vs R and L), with high Vision and Clutch being the only real other notable stats.

Should you take him?

I love high contact cards, especially earlier on in the game’s cycle, but the pedestrian speed and fielding stats confine Mr. Padre to the middle of the pack for me. I’m choosing him third.

“Funky Muncy” (Max Muncy)- 1B/2B,3B,LF  – Los Angeles Dodgers

These last two for the NL West are tough, because I can see an argument being made for both the remaining cards deserving first pick. This card is built not unlike a Home Run Derby card. I’m going with Muncy second, only because his non hitting stats are quite poor, and his vision and contact stats are also lower than what you would want.

Should you take him?

Having nearly max power vs both sides and max Discipline means this card will be quite fearsome, and you should be raking and walking with him in no time. The other drawbacks unfortunately put Max in second place for me in favor of…

“Big Fella” (C.J. Cron)- 1B/LF,RF – Colorado Rockies

“Big Fella” doesn’t quite have the big power that the Muncy card does, but power stats over 100 play well, especially if the contact is there too. This Cron is also much more well-rounded in terms of fielding stats and contact. The vision is a little higher too at 79, but 55 on Muncy is not very hard to beat. The C.J. Cron card figures to be the best overall addition to your squad.

So, in which order should you take these cards?

1. “Big Fella” (C.J. Cron)- 1B/LF,RF – Colorado Rockies

2. “Funky Muncy” (Max Muncy)- 1B/2B,3B,LF  – Los Angeles Dodgers

3. “Mr. Padre” (Tony Gwynn) -RF/LF,CF  – San Diego Padres

4. “Slick Nick” (Nick Ahmed)- SS/2B,3B  – Arizona Diamondbacks

5. “The Horse” (Matt Cain) -SP  – San Francisco Giants

AL WEST

Moving right along to the AL West, this pack has a little more firepower to offer than the NL West. Let’s dive right in.

“Porterhouse” (Mike Napoli)- C/1B  – Texas Rangers

“Double X” (Jimmie Foxx)- 1B/C,3B – Oakland Athletics

“Corey’s Brother” (Kyle Seager)- 3B/2B,SS – Seattle Mariners

“Chili Dawg” (Chili Davis)- DH/LF,CF,RF – Los Angeles Angels

“Snap Dragon 1” (Lance McCullers Jr.)- SP – Houston Astros

“Chili Dawg” (Chili Davis)- DH/LF,CF,RF – Los Angeles Angels

Coming in at fifth for my pick for the AL West, this Chili Davis card does not really provide much other than some balanced hitting stats. There’s nothing very remarkable about this card, unfortunately.

Should you take him?

The lack of speed or utility anywhere in the field when the new DH spot presents a multitude of options makes this card an even easier pass for me.

“Corey’s Brother” (Kyle Seager)- 3B/2B,SS – Seattle Mariners

This is actually a fairly solid card, (not to mention a great nickname dating back to the days of “Player’s Weekend”) but I’m putting Kyle Seager at fourth because there is a lot more competition in this pack.

Should you take him?

If you are looking for a middle infielder with a little bit of pop, you could do a lot worse than Seager. His great Fielding stat and Vision also add to an already decent card.

“Snap Dragon 1” (Lance McCullers Jr.)- SP – Houston Astros

I love the pitch mix on this card, especially including the sinker primary, the slider/cutter combo and the knuckle-curve, which should give players no trouble in putting hitters away.

Should you take him?

A 110 H/9 stat is not bad at all for a 97 OVR card, and though he does lack active quirks, this McCullers is still certainly one of the best available starting pitchers in all of Team Affinity Season 2.

“Double X” (Jimmie Foxx)- 1B/C,3B – Oakland Athletics

There is some real class on display in the card art here for Jimmie Foxx, which makes this card even more appealing when you consider its hitting stats. 109 Contact vs R and 104 Power vs R should have you covered vs righties, and a 112 Power vs L will have this card mashing lefties as well. 

Should you take him?

There aren’t really any fielding or running stats worth speaking of here, but the very powerful and balanced hitting stats, along with a catcher secondary, make this a very strong card for me.

“Porterhouse” (Mike Napoli)- C/1B  – Texas Rangers

MLB The Show Porterhouse

With one of the best hitting spreads combined with one of the best nicknames out there, this Napoli card figures to be one of the best available hitters, and cards in general, from this season’s Team Affinity. 

Should you take him?

The hitting stats are essentially Jimmie Foxx’s but even better. This card does have active quirks, unlike Foxx, including Dead Red, and having all hitting stats against both sides at 110 or above is much too hard to pass up.

So, in which order should you take these cards?

1. “Porterhouse” (Mike Napoli)- C/1B  – Texas Rangers

2. “Double X” (Jimmie Foxx)- 1B/C,3B – Oakland Athletics

3. “Snap Dragon 1” (Lance McCullers Jr.)- SP – Houston Astros

4. “Corey’s Brother” (Kyle Seager)- 3B/2B,SS – Seattle Mariners

5. “Chili Dawg” (Chili Davis)- DH/LF,CF,RF – Los Angeles Angels

That wraps up our coverage of who to choose for the West divisions for this Season’s Team Affinity. Be sure to check back at https://strangelyawesomegames.com/ for more MLB The Show content, including who to choose from the other MLB divisions. 

MLB The Show 23 is available now on PS4, PS5, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, and Xbox Game Pass.

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